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Xabier Lopez Peña: Leading member of Eta

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George North's dad enters the pitch to congratulate his son

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Nick Lezard: Save our surnames? I don't think so

So according to the Guild of One-Name Studies, an organisation devoted to the study of family names, "traditional English surnames" such as Mackmain, Bythewood, Foothead and Pauncefoot, are dying out. This news, delivered in a book by Mrs Debbie Kennett of that Guild, has been reported in a Sunday newspaper. "They are names that have been passed down through generations of Britons," was how the article in The Sunday Telegraph glossed this. What on earth, I wonder, could they possibly be driving at?

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Seventeen years after he fled from Spain, a Basque terror suspect has been arrested in Liverpool, where he was  living under a false identity.

Putting on the ritz: Ben Botica of Harlequins breaks with the ball during their 40-13 victory over Biarritz at the Stoop last night

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